Creating the Next in Higher Education: Scalable Advanced Learning Ecosystems
Dr. Stephen Harmon serves as associate dean of research at Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), director of educational innovation at Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), and as professor at the Georgia Tech College of Design. At GTPE and C21U, he leads the invention, prototyping, and validation efforts associated with educational innovation and with managing facilities available to all Georgia Tech researchers and faculty members.
His previous position was professor and chair of the Learning Technologies Division in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University.
After majoring in English literature at Furman University, Dr. Harmon moved to Upper Egypt to teach fourth-grade English for two years. While traveling through the Middle East and Africa, he realized the tremendous need, and scarce resources, for education and training in developing countries. He returned to the U.S. and earned a masters and doctorate in instructional technology, with a cognate in global policy studies, from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Harmon's research centers on educational uses of emerging technologies and has, for the last few years, focused on shaping the future of higher education. He is a past president of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.
Dr. Harmon has over 120 professional publications and presentations and was the 2011 recipient of Georgia State University's Innovative Instruction Award. He was the spring 2016 commencement speaker at Georgia Southern University.
Keywords of Research Interests:
The Future of Higher Education. Emerging Technologies
Past AECT President, University of Northern Iowa - Retired
If I'm having fun then I know you are learning: Creating Activity-Focused Learning Environments
Dr. Ana Donaldson is a past president of AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology).
She retired in 2009 as an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology from the University of Northern Iowa.
Besides her years of classroom and online experience; she is a published author, keynote speaker and international presenter.
Her latest edited award winning book (2016) is Women's Voices in the Field of Educational Technology: Our Journeys.
She co-authored with Rita-Marie Conrad: Engaging the Online Learner: Activities for Creative Instruction (2004 & 2011) and the subsequent Continuing to Engage the Online Learner: More Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction (2012). The 2011 edition was awarded the 2012 IAP Distance Education Book First Place Award. Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
Keywords of Research Interests:
Online learning, community building,activity focused learning, creativity, gender equality in higher education
Mertie Buckman Professor of Design Education University of Minnesota
Immediate AECT Past President 2018
Creativity: Connection, engagement and technologies
Brad Hokanson is a professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Mertie E. Buckman Professor of Design Education. He won his two colleges' awards for outstanding teaching in 2002 and 2008. He has a diverse academic record, including degrees in art, architecture, urban design, and he received his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology. He teaches in the area of creative problem solving and has published research in the fields of creativity and educational technology.
His most recent book on the development of creativity is Developing Creative Thinking in Learners [Routledge, 2017]. As a faculty member, he has taught courses on creativity for over 20 years, and has offered three massive open online courses on the topic, each with enrollments of over 50,000.
He served as President of the Association of Educational Communication and Technology in 2017. Visits to Buenos Aires support his Argentine tango habit.
Prof. Cheolil Lim
KSET President, Seoul National University
How can you support creative activities in the educational setting through online system?
Prof. Noyuri Mima
Future University Hakodate
Open Space, Open mind: the Challenge for Higher Education Reform in Japan
Professor Mima studied computer science at the University of Electro-Communications (UEC), education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, and cognitive psychology at the Graduate School of Education, the University of Tokyo. She earned the Ph.D. from UEC.
Prof. Mima was a member of planning committee of Future University Hakodate and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). After the foundation of those, she became a professor at the university (2000 - present) and a deputy director at the museum (2003- 2006). In 2008, Prof. Mima established Science Support Hakodate, a voluntary association for promoting science communication and developing science literacy of citizens. She also established Hakodate Herb Study Group for developing regional brand products by enhancing industry-academia-government-citizen collaboration in 2010. In 2013, Prof. Mima was appointed as a member of the governors of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) for three years. The governors are approved by both houses of the Diet on behalf of the people of Japan and are appointed by the Prime Minister. She is also member of several government councils related to education, science and technology, and trustee of Nissan Global Foundation. Prof. Mima was awarded the Science and Technology Prize 2014 of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Keywords of Research Interests:
Her research has focused on promoting human resources, communication, and networking from a wide range of knowledge and experience in computer, education, and cognitive science.
Professor of Department Information Engineering, Hiroshima University
Design of Meta-Problem to Promote Meta-Cognition and Relational Comprehension
Tsukasa Hirashima received his B.E., M.E. and PhD from Osaka University in 1986, 1988, and 1991 respectively. He worked at The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University as a research associate and lecturer from 1991 to 1997. During 1997-2003, he worked in Graduate School of Information Engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology as an associate professor. He has been a professor of Graduate School, Department of Information Engineering, Hiroshima University since 2004. Dr. Hirashima's contributions in Computers in Education, especially, in artificial intelligence in education include modeling of problem-solving process, error-visualization for error-awareness, information filtering, question/problem generation, learning by problem posing and design method of learning game. His current main research topic is "Meta-Problem" to promote meta-cognition and relational comprehension. He has received several awards from major international conferences about computer and education (World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (ED-MEDIA1995, Outstanding Paper Award), International Conference on Computers in Education (Best Paper Awards at ICCE 2001&2002, Best Technical Design Paper Award at 2015), and Artificial Intelligence and Education (AIED2009, Honorable Mention Award)). In domestic in Japan, he received Best Journal Paper Award from Japanese Society for Information and Systems in Education in 2008 and 2009 respectively. He served as PC co-chair of host country and city in ICCE2007. He also served as President of APSCE from 2012 to 2013. Now he is a member of executive committee of APSCE, JSAI, JSiSE, and JSET.